Introducing AU’s president designate: Dr. Neil Fassina

Athabasca University President-designate Dr. Neil Fassina

Dr. Neil Fassina will become Athabasca University’s eighth president on October 11, 2016. The announcement was made Wednesday morning at the university's main campus in Athabasca by Margaret Mrazek, the interim chair of the university's Board of Governors. Fassina will lead Athabasca University as it develops and implements sustainable solutions to its financial challenges … [Read more...]

Announcement: AU to name its next president today

Athabasca University 8th President

The Board of Governors of Athabasca University is pleased to be making an announcement regarding Athabasca University's next president. Please join Margaret Mrazek, Interim Board Chair, and Members of the Board for this announcement. Advanced Education Minister Hon. Marlin Schmidt and other dignitaries will also be present. When: 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 17, … [Read more...]

Apply for AU’s Indigenous Awards

Image courtesy of Athabasca University's Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research

Funded by the Government of Alberta and administered by Athabasca University, the 2016-17 Indigenous Careers Award and Indigenous Graduate Award are intended to encourage a larger proportion of indigenous Albertans (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) to pursue and complete full-time undergraduate or graduate studies in Alberta. We had a successful application turnout for the 2015-16 … [Read more...]


Athabasca River flowing through Fort McMurray, Alberta

AU's Athabasca River Basin Research Institute (ARBRI) has joined the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) as an associate member. This new affiliation with Canada’s oil sands producers will enable ARBRI’s researchers to further their work into environmental modelling, greenhouse gases and water health through greater networking and collaboration opportunities with other … [Read more...]

Upcoming Banner Upgrade

Banner Upgrade

Beginning on Friday, August 12th, 2016, Athabasca University’s Banner student information system will be undergoing a temporary background upgrade that will greatly enhance the current system. Current and prospective AU students will see nothing different on their Banner system. However, some services will be temporarily unavailable. What the Banner upgrade means to current  and … [Read more...]

Explore Italy “Eco-Educational”-style


Have you ever wanted to explore Italy's Old World Tuscany countryside from a New World, Eco-educational vantage point? Athabasca University is providing an opportunity for interested students to do just that in September. In partnership with The Synergia Institute, and co-conceived by AU's Dr. Mike Gismondi, professor of Sociology and Global Studies in the Faculty of … [Read more...]

Statement from the Office of the Minister of Advanced Education

Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt

It's no secret there have been financial challenges at Athabasca University. This is a complex situation - one that was shaped over decades and won't be fixed overnight. Our government is committed to working with AU to find a sustainable solution, and we are taking the time to ensure our government and the AU Board of Governors have enough information to make a thoughtful decision … [Read more...]

Message to students – Budget 2016/17

Athabasca University message to students august 2016 insolvency budget marlin schmidt

Dear students, I’m sure you are aware of recent reports in the mainstream and social media expressing concerns both about Athabasca University’s financial state and even about the future viability of the university itself. I’d like to take this opportunity to provide an update on both. The Board of Governors last week approved the draft 2016-2017 budget, and that document has … [Read more...]

Exciting new graduate course with a famous author

Indigenous Course Athabasca University

Join us this fall for an exciting opportunity to take MA-IS 752, a graduate seminar taught for the Master of Arts-Integrated Studies (MA-IS) by internationally known Canadian poet and author Di Brandt. “Poetry and Drama of the Canadian Prairies and the North” addresses an extraordinary collection of exciting, challenging, inspiring, beautiful, diverse works by Aboriginal and … [Read more...]

AU Press shortlisted in publishing awards


The impressive work to date of our very own AU Press is being lauded by The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA). Last week it announced the 2016 contenders for its annual Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and AU press is on the shortlist in two categories. The BPAA award shortlist recognizes the works of publishers across Alberta. Jurors in the publishing industry from … [Read more...]